Sarah is a well known and respected advocate who both prosecutes and defends. She has an established practice in dealing with grave and complex cases on her own and with leading counsel. Recent instructions have involved allegations of serious sexual offences, drugs (including importation and wide scale supply), serious violence, firearms offences, money laundering and fraud.
Sarah is a grade 3 prosecutor, although regularly accepted instructions for cases far beyond that level. She is on the panel of specialists to deal with serious sexual offences and recent prosecutions have involved dealing with very young witnesses and historic allegations.
Sarah also has extensive knowledge of dealing with civil asset recovery and confiscation orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and has dealt with large and complex cases with multi-million pound orders, hidden assets and dealing with international letters of request.
She has successfully challenged a number of sentences and convictions in the Court of Appeal and is as confident committing her argument to writing as she is making them in person. She has an excellent knowledge of common aspects of criminal practice including DNA, psychological and cell-site evidence and is very capable mastering subject matter rapidly in order to challenge expert evidence. She also has experience of gait recognition expert evidence and facial mapping.
In addition to her busy Crown Court work, Sarah has a wealth of experience in all aspects of motoring law where she regularly appears in Magistrates’ Courts and Crown courts throughout the country. She is instructed on behalf of some of the country’s leading insurers and specialist motoring solicitors. She has represented well-known figures in the media world and also business leaders and is well regarded in this area of law.
As well as her criminal practice Sarah is also instructed on professional disciplinary matters, having appeared on behalf of Teachers, Head Teachers, Nurses and Social Workers.
Sarah also speaks fluent Spanish.
Prior to coming to the Bar Sarah worked in Westminster in government communications at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department of Trade and Industry, dealing with Ministerial trade missions.
R v Brown [2015 Wolverhampton]
Represented former soldier with PTSD accused of blackmailing a mentally ill person.
R v Adebanjo [2015 Warwick]
Sarah successfully represented a Nigerian national accused of rape. The case involved dealing with issues of excessive alcohol consumption where the complainant stated she was too drunk to consent.
R v Belton [2015 Wolverhampton]
Sarah successfully prosecuted in a case involving the historic rape of a 6 year old child by her 13 year old Uncle.
R v Jones [2015 Shrewsbury]
Sarah successfully prosecuted in a case involving the attempted rape of a woman by her former partner.
R v Hayward [2015 Wolverhampton]
Sarah represented a man accused of grooming his 15 year old niece on the internet using social media.
R v Verma [2015 Wolverhampton]
Sarah successfully defended a father accused of raping his wife and abusing his own children.
R v Gibson [2015 Wolverhampton]
Sarah successfully defended a man with a range of mental health issues accused of a serious sexual assault on his partner.
R v O’Rourke [2015 Birmingham]
Sarah successfully prosecuted a man accused of historic sexual abuse of his niece.
R v Dukes [2014 Wolverhampton]
Sarah successfully represented a youth of raping his cousins.
R v Vijayaruban [2012 Warwick]
Successfully defended a Sri-Lankan national accused of a series of serious sexual offences. The case involved making and proving collusion between the witnesses and the police and made the national news.
R v W [2012 Birmingham
Successfully defended a 16 year old boy accused of a serious inter-familial sexual offence. The case involved making a number of PII and third party disclosure applications. The Crown’s case collapsed following cross-examination of the complainant
R v Hussein and Ors [2015 Birmingham]
Sarah is currently acting as led junior in a large scale multimillion pound drugs importation conspiracy.
R v McIntosh [2014-2015 Wood Green Crown Court]
Sarah represented the defendant in this 8 defendant six week-long trial. The case involved analysis of cell site and thousands of pages of phone records.
R v Khan [2014 Birmingham]
Sarah represented the defendant in an large scale operation dealing with class A drug dealing in Telford.
Money and Fraud
R v Gibney [2014 Exeter]
Sarah represented the defendant at his trial for conspiracy to steal. The defendant was accused of travelling from Liverpool to Exeter to ram raid a cash point. The case involved challenges to the phone attribution which resulted in the defendant being the only acquittal.
R v Takhar [2013 Birmingham]
Sarah successfully represented a woman accused of being involved in a conspiracy to commit mortgage fraud involving allegations of police misconduct which made the national news.
R v Yorkshire & Others 
Acted as led defence junior to Adrian Keeling QC. The case was the largest ever fraud investigated by the Norfolk Economic Crime Unit. Involved widespread confidence frauds in Germany, USA and UK relating to high yield asset enhancement programmes. Involved the assimilation of thousands of pages of banking evidence, including a wealth of material provided by the northern Cypriot police under a voluntary, informal arrangement. Total benefit in the region of £40m. Confiscation proceedings ongoing.
R v Gangar and White [Nottingham Crown Court, Langstaff J]
Led defence junior to Rex Tedd QC involving a £60 million confiscation hearing, under POCA provisions. The case followed a 9-month trial in Birmingham Crown Court and involved celebrities and sports personalities giving evidence regarding the Ponsi fraud. The case also had FBI involvement in the United States of America.
R v Pritchett [Wolverhampton Crown Court]
Led prosecution junior on successful £10million confiscation hearing. Case required extensive knowledge of hidden assets and tracing. The case followed the successful prosecution of the defendant for the running of ‘Cuddles’ brothel in Birmingham
Other Notable Cases
R v Brown [2014 Warwick]
Sarah represented an 80 year old man with early onset dementia who had sadly caused the death of two young men at the wheel of his car. It was observed by the judge that the case had been dealt with sensitively.
R v Norris [2012 Warwick]
Represented a police officer on appeal for assaulting his ex-partner
Professional Disciplinary Cases
NCTL v Jonas 
Sarah represented a Deputy Head teacher of a special school in a highly sensitive case. The member had been accused of deliberately concealing evidence during the investigation process as well as being complicit in the alleged mishandling of a pupil’s care. The most serious allegations made against the member were dismissed at half time following successful cross examination of the witnesses and went on to have the rest of the allegations found unproven also.
NCTL v Bowers 
Sarah represented a teacher for serious sexual misconduct whilst at school with a pupil.
NCTL v Ncube 
Sarah successfully represented a teacher accused of acting in an abusive manner towards students. The allegations were successfully dismissed at half time following cross-examination of expert witnesses.